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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

2017 Forbe's List of The World's Highest-Paid Women In Music (See Full List)



Shortly after Adele took home the Grammy award for Album of the Year in February, she broke it in half--with the intention of physically sharing it with Beyoncé, the internet concluded—in recognition of the latter's Lemonade. But Queen Bey won an even more valuable distinction outright: she's this year's highest-paid woman in music, pulling in a whopping $105 million pretax.

Lemonade was a hit with both critics and fans, giving Beyoncé her sixth solo No. 1. The ensuing Formation World Tour, much of it falling into our list's scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars. Then she took time off as she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir this summer. Adele finished second, earning $69 million, boosted by seven-figure nightly grosses on her first proper tour since 2011.

"Adele’s music appeals to listeners of all ages all over the world with her undeniably powerful, emotional vocal interpretations paired with timeless songwriting and production," says multiplatinum singer-songwriter Skylar Grey. "No matter what genre someone generally subscribes to, it’s hard to find a music lover who doesn’t appreciate what she does."

In order to form our list, we looked at pretax income from June 1, 2016 through June 1, 2017, and did not take out fees charged by agents, managers and lawyers. We gathered data from Nielsen SoundScan, Pollstar, the RIAA and interviews with industry insiders. The two mononymous stars both earned tens of millions more than the rest of the pack, but there are plenty of notable names further down the list.

Earning double-digit millions does not guarantee a spot on this vaunted list—as near misses Madonna, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande can attest. The first two names should be back in the running the next time they go on tour; the latter two could be, too, as their careers continue to progress.

Despite the success of the female stars on the list, there are regrettably still more than twice as many men than women among music's top-earning stars. Acts like the ninth-highest-paid woman, Katy Perry--who earned millions from endorsement deals with the likes of CoverGirl, Claire's and H&M--are doing their best to change that.

"I am proud of my position as a boss, as a person that runs my own company," she told Forbes. "I'm an entrepreneur. ... I don't want to shy away from it. I actually want to kind of grab it by its balls."
As for Adele's Grammy? Sorry, folks--it seems she broke it in half by accident.


10. Barbra Streisand ($30 million)


A huge draw even at age 75, Streisand grossed $46 million on her 14-show stint last year, adding to a career tour tally in the hundreds of millions. Streisand is the only act in history to have a No. 1 album in six consecutive decades. Next up: Netflix special Barbra: The Music…The Mem’ries…The Magic!



9. Katy Perry ($33 million)


Though Perry didn't tour during our scoring period, she did release new album Witness—and earned millions from endorsement deals with the likes of CoverGirl, Claire's and H&M. Her upcoming gig on the American Idol reboot should pay her double-digit millions annually, and she’s also cashing in on a new tour launched this fall.



8. Britney Spears ($34 million)


A decade removed from her public meltdown, the "Toxic" singer is anything but, aging into a lucrative Las Vegas residency that brings her six-figure nightly fees. After taking a break to tour Asia this summer, Spears’ Piece of Me show is scheduled to wrap up at the end of 2017.




7. Rihanna ($36 million)


The Barbados native makes the bulk of her bucks on the road, filling up arenas from Atlanta to Zurich this year. She has also shown off her acting skills on the show Bates Motel, and makes millions more from working with brands, serving as Puma’s creative director and shilling for Samsung. This year she launched her own cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty.




6. Dolly Parton ($37 million)


The queen of country may be 71 years old, but she still tours with the rigor of stars half her age, grossing mid-six figures per city across 63 dates during our scoring period. Thanks to those gigs and income from her Dollywood theme park, she’s also outearning whippersnappers like Rihanna and Katy Perry.



5. Jennifer Lopez ($38 million)


Jenny has a new show on the block: World of Dance,where she serves as a judge and executive producer. She still makes time for her own performances, raking in a six-figure nightly fee for her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, while adding to her bottom line with lucrative endorsements with the likes of L’Oreal.



4. Celine Dion ($42 million)


The legendary songstress resumed a lucrative Las Vegas residency last February after going on hiatus in the wake of her husband’s January 2016 death; she had also taken an eight-month break in 2014 to care for him. Dion is now back to playing some 70 gigs per year at Caesar’s Palace, where she banked $27 million pretax in 2016 alone.



3. Taylor Swift ($44 million)


Her earnings are down from the peak of her 1989 Tour, yet Swift still lands in the top three. With the release of new album Reputation—already the bestselling album of 2017—which came after the end of this list’s scoring period, look for her earnings total to rise significantly in next year’s accounting.



2. Adele ($69 million)


The superstar singer won the Grammy for Album of the Year—and promptly broke it in half to share with Beyoncé—but these earnings are all hers. Despite turning down millions in endorsements over the years, the belting Brit still cashes in on the road, grossing seven figures per stop on her first major tour since 2011.




1, Beyonce ($105 million)


Queen Bey won an even more valuable distinction outright: she's this year's highest-paid woman in music, pulling in a whopping $105 million pretax.
Lemonade was a hit with both critics and fans, giving Beyoncé her sixth solo No. 1. The ensuing Formation World Tour, much of it falling into our list's scoring period, grossed a quarter of a billion dollars. Then she took time off as she and husband Jay-Z welcomed twins Rumi and Sir this summer.






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